Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.
— Thomas Beecham (1879–1961), conductor

A Sacred Bridge – A Community Under One G-d – April 10, 2011

When we’re gathered together in worship at Holy Blossom Temple, the language of music forms the tapestry holding our awareness of being Jewish. Music is one of the most unique ways the Jewish people express themselves liturgically and culturally, and it serves as the vehicle through which we communicate our thoughts and beliefs to the members of our congregation. Truly great music can be the message itself, and music at Holy Blossom Temple has always been of the highest order.

Our internationally renowned cantor, Benjamin Z. Maissner, lives, breathes and exists through music, and in particular, the music of the Jewish People. Carrying the message of music to the congregation and then far beyond the synagogue walls, Cantor Maissner acts as a shaliach tzibbur, an emissary of our people.

At Holy Blossom Temple, music is present everywhere and makes its mark on every aspect of Temple life: worship services, concerts, Oneg Shabbat song sessions, study sessions, lectures, life-cycle events such as Bar/Bat Mitzvah, weddings and funerals, Temple Singers’ rehearsals and children’s choir practices. We believe that music is an integral experience with the power to shape the lives of Jewish people by helping them strive towards holiness. Above all, we strive to build the kind of praying and cultural community that makes our members and guests feel warm, familiar and welcome.

Musical Stories

August 2, 2019 - Cantor Beny Maissner: My Cantorial Summer Residence

I was privileged and honoured to be invited to join the faculty of the Rabbinical / Cantorial for this last Summer semester Read more »

April 25, 2019 - Sundays in the Atrium: See you next season!

Our Sundays in the Atrium audience was treated to a splendid musical afternoon of performances by The Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition winners Read more »

February 22, 2019 - Sundays in the Atrium

Our new musical program inviting the larger community into our new beautiful home was launched last week with a great measure of success Read more »

January 9, 2019 - Senior Cantor Search Committee - Update to the congregation

The Senior Cantor search committee progress report to the congregation Read more »

December 12, 2018 - Jewish Music and More: Shabbat Shira at Holy Blossom

We embark once again in anticipation for a  delightful Musical evening! Read more »

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